“From depression to dementia, inflammation is medicine’s new frontier” – Edward Bullmore
It’s now clear that inflammation is part of the problem in many, if not all, diseases of the body. And targeting immune or inflammatory causes of disease has led to a series of breakthroughs, from new treatments for rheumatoid arthritis and other auto-immune diseases in the 1990s, to the advent of immunotherapy for some cancers in the 2010s.
Even more pervasively, low-grade inflammation, detectable only by blood tests, is increasingly considered to be part of the reason why common life experiences such as poverty, stress, obesity, or aging are bad for public health.
The brain is rapidly emerging as one of the new frontiers for inflammation.